Fibrinolytic abnormalities in two different cutaneous manifestations of venous disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency may be associated with lipodermatosclerosis or atrophie blanche. Coagulation abnormalities may be related to these cutaneous disorders. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to determine whether fibrinolytic abnormalities exist in patients with lipodermatosclerosis or atrophie blanche. METHODS: A case control study of patients with venous disease and atrophie blanche or lipodermatosclerosis was performed. Plasma levels of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in a resting and venous occluded state were measured. RESULTS: Plasma levels of PAI-1 were different between the two groups of patients. The lipodermatosclerosis group had significantly higher levels of PAI-1 in both the resting and venous occluded states (p < 0.001). Patients with atrophie blanche had milder elevations of PAI-1 in the resting and venous occluded state (p = 0.06). CONCLUSION: Fibrinolytic abnormalities are present in patients with venous disease. These abnormalities are different between patients with lipodermatosclerosis and patients with atrophie blanche.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Margolis, DJ; Kruithof, EK; Barnard, M; Howe, K; Lazarus, GS

Published Date

  • February 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2 Pt 1

Start / End Page

  • 204 - 208

PubMed ID

  • 8642083

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-9622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0190-9622(96)80113-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States